William Lloyd Garrison: First Liberator Editorial

(1831)

Impact

According to Garrison, the first issue of the Liberator was met with “suspicion and apathy” (Nye, p. 48). The exception was the free African American community of the Northeast, which gave the publication significant support. Garrison visited Philadelphia, New Haven, Hartford, and other cities to drum up interest; by the end of 1831, he counted more than five hundred free blacks among his subscribers. Although the Liberator's paid circulation remained small for some years, its impact was far greater than the number of copies sold indicated. Its attacks upon the American...

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